Is there a proper way to trim a beard?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by jmattbassplaya, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. So I've grown out my first fairly legit beard over the past month and a half, and it has begun to get pretty... well... nasty looking lol. I was wondering if there are any good tips or tricks out there to help tidy it up a little bit. I haven't touched it at all yet, and I still plan on growing it out more, so no worries :)
  2. Joe Gress

    Joe Gress

    Dec 22, 2005
    Pueblo, CO
    Comb it in the direction you want it to lay for starters. Trim any wild hairs that stick out first of all. Check in a mirror to make sure the shape is even across the whole face, and using small scissors, trim those hairs till it is straight. If your going for a certain length, a good thing to remember is that it will need to be a bit shorter as you get to your sideburns and hair so that it looks even. Does your beard grow straight or is it curly? Or a mix? On my cheeks mine comes in curly, but on the neck and chin line its straight. The curls you just have to keep the right amount of fluffyness to them so as not to make it look thin and teenaged. The straight ones just need to be trimmed to length to look their best. If you shave any off the bottom of the beard make sure to keep that line nice and even across your face; symmetry is the key.

    Hope that helps.
  3. Kwesi

    Kwesi Supporting Member

    It's been Movember for me for about 6 months... still don't have a full beard. Bout ready to throw in the towel and resign myself to never having one :bawl:
  4. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    Go slow. Trim a little at a time. Clippers are good as long as you have a steady hand.

    Or go to a barber.
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  6. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    I use a beard trimmer. I comb it all out straight and moderately crispy with a comb & hairdryer, shag it out, re-comb it out, then start trimmin. Either attachments for length, or if I'm goin for specific facial topiary, french curves.
  7. Thick McRunfast

    Thick McRunfast Not just good, good enough

    Sep 30, 2012
    Portland, Oregon USA
    I'm hopeless with scissors in a mirror. Wahl Lithium Ion clippers. About $30 and work great. Use mine about three times a week and only takes a minute.
  8. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    I would always run the trimmer in the up direction on my cheeks and down around my chin. It keeps the sides shorter and the chin area a bit longer that way. I don't remember what the length of the guard was though. I have it someplace, but haven't had a beard in years.
  9. AnchorHoy


    Dec 29, 2008
    New Jersey

    MAPP gas for those of you with the Grizzly Adams gene :ninja:
  10. sloasdaylight

    sloasdaylight Banned

    Feb 4, 2009
    Tampa, Florida, US
    With an Axe.
    Chainsaws are also acceptable under certain circumstances.
  11. IPA


    May 5, 2010
    I use 1/4" guard on buzzer and then clean up the edges with some scissors and a comb. Same for head, I look like one of those old GI Joe toys after I'm done.
  12. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    With a plastic sheen and with a kung fu grip?
  13. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    That's why these were invented.

  14. 6jase5

    6jase5 Mammogram is down but I'm working manually

    Dec 17, 2007
    San Diego/LA
    Beard trimmers are so easy to use, it would take an idiot to really mess it up.

  15. Monster Truck

    Monster Truck Groovologist Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
    I trim my goatee pretty close. Just take my beard scissors and snip away.
  16. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    Keep the beard , but dear god shave those side-burns!
  17. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    Just shake really hard. Works for Willy...

  18. That actually sounds really smart. I'll try that!
  19. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    Thats exactly how I trim my beard as well.